Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Schoolwide Newsletter, Rāpare (Thursday) 27 June 2024, Week 9

Principal's Patch

Kia ora koutou

Matariki Evening
Our thanks to everyone who made our Matariki evening such a success. It was great to see people coming together, having fun, making connections and enjoying some kai (food). We saw 'We Love Challenge' and 'We Get There Together' in action as our Kapa Haka groups performed to a large audience - ka rawe!

Matariki is a special occasion signifying the start of the Māori New Year. As the Matariki cluster of stars reappears in our night sky we take the time to reflect on the past year, celebrate the present, and plan for the year ahead. 

Staffing Update
From the beginning of Term 3, we welcome back Nicola Reddecliffe to the Koru Team. Nicola will be the Home Group Teacher for the New Entrant roll growth class. 

On Wednesday 3 July at 2.15pm we have a Farewell Assembly for Sandy Hastings. The Board, staff, tamariki and community will take this time to acknowledge Sandy's leadership during her time at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto. Whānau are welcome to join us for this celebration. 

With one week left of term, it's a great opportunity to thank staff, tamariki and whānau for the mahi (work) and support during the busy last couple of weeks with the Disco, Learning Conferences and our Matariki evening. These opportunities add to the richness of school life.

We hope that the coming school holiday provides our tamariki with much needed rest, ready for the start of Term 3 on the 22nd of July.

Ngā mihi nui
Jo Smith - Tumuaki (Acting Principal)

Important Dates

Upcoming Events

Fri 28 Jun - Matariki Public Holiday (kura/school closed)
Tue 2 Jul - Y0-4 Cross Country Challenge, 12:00 - 3:00pm, Hillview
Wed 3 Jul - Sandy's Farewell Assembly, 2:15-4:00PM, in the Hall, RSVP required
Fri 5 Jul - Student Council Dress Up Day (see info below)
Fri 5 Jul - Celebration Assembly, 10:00-10:30am, in the Hall
Fri 5 Jul - Last day of Term 2, School finishes 3pm
Mon 22 Jul - First day of Term 3, School starts at 8:55am
Wed 24 Jul - PTA Midwinter Breakfast 8am to 8.30am
Fri 26 Jul - Welcome Assembly, 9:15-9:30am, in the Hall
Wed 31 JulPTA Meeting (AGM), 7:00-9:30PM, Green Room
Fri 2 Aug - Celebration Assembly, 10:00-10:30am, in the Hall
Fri 15 Aug - Celebration Assembly, 10:00-10:30am, in the Hall
Mon 26 Aug - Staff Only Day (kura/school closed)
Wed 28 Aug - BOT Meeting, 5:30-7:30PM, Staff Room
Wed 28 Aug - PTA Meeting, 7:30-9:30PM, Green Room
Fri 30 Aug - Celebration Assembly, 10:00-10:30am, in the Hall
Mon 2 Sep - School Duathlon, 12:15-3:00PM
Wed 4 Sep - Kauri Ski Trip TBC
Fri 13 Sep - Celebration Assembly, 10:00-10:30am, in the Hall
Thu 19 Sep - New Entrant and Year 8 Photos, 9:00-10:00am
Wed 25 Sep - PTA Meeting, 7:30-9:30PM, Green Room
Thu 26 Sep - BOT Meeting, 5:30-7:30PM, Staff Room
Fri 27 Sep - Celebration Assembly, 10:00-10:30am, in the Hall
Fri 27 Sep - Last day of Term 3, School finishes 3pm
Mon 14 Oct - First day of Term 4, School starts 8:55am

Citizen of the Week (Week 8)

Imogen Orchard - Year 7

Imogen, you are a shining star in our Kauri whānau. You are exceptionally kind and inclusive to all. Imogen, we see positivity, integrity and diligence in everything you do. You get involved, strive for excellence and are wonderfully nurturing towards younger tamariki. What a fabulous role model you are. 

Citizen of the Week (Week 9)

Max Richards - Year 4

Max, you are an outstanding role model in the Kōwhai hub. You are polite, thoughtful and caring and also respectful of everyone. You are a self-motivated learner, showing great focus on all that you do. You are a reliable leader and can be trusted to fulfil any responsibility you take on. Tino pai, Max!

BOT Update

Principal Appointment

As you will be aware, we are in the beginning phases of appointing a new Principal for Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto. An important part of this process is to hear from our community. Your voice and experiences are important to inform the Board's decision making throughout this process. 
The Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Board of Trustees would really value your input as we embark on this journey, to ensure we appoint the best person for our kura.
If you would like to contribute to this process, please fill in the form, linked here, by the 12th of July.

Alternatively, paper forms have been sent home with tamariki today for your completion. Paper forms need to be returned by Friday the 5th of July, the last day of term.

All responses will be anonymous, and we thank you in advance for your contribution.
Ngā mihi nui,

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto Board of Trustees

School Notices

Student Council Dress Up Day

A message from our student council: This Friday, 5th July, the student council is having a dress-up day to celebrate diversity. Tamariki can dress up in rainbow colours and bring a gold coin to donate to Youthline. Youthline is a group that supports the well-being of young people. This is a great group to call for a chat when you are dealing with tricky stuff in your life. 

Sandy Hastings' Farewell Assembly

You are invited to join us in officially celebrating and farewelling Sandy Hastings from her role as Principal at Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto.

We will be hosting a Farewell Assembly for Sandy on Wednesday the 3rd of July.
The Assembly is for the whole school, and guests, and will run from 2:15-3:00PM.
Following the Assembly we will welcome all staff and guests to join us from 3:00-4:00PM for kai (food) and refreshments.

Please would you indicate your attendance by filling in this form, linked here. We would appreciate knowing numbers, for catering purposes, if you intend to join us after the Assembly.

If you have any photos, memories or messages you would like to share, these can be emailed to

Matariki Evening

Matariki is a great opportunity to share kai and reflect on the past 4 seasons, celebrating the present with whānau, and looking forward to what is to come as the days get longer. Thank you to everyone who attended our wonderful Matariki evening on Tuesday night. It was a very special celebration, and was awesome to see whānau connecting with our kaiako (teachers), as well as with other whānau. A big thank you to the PTA for having a delicious sausage sizzle, and to our tamariki for their exceptional kapa haka performances. We hope you have a happy and safe Matariki weekend! Mānawatia a Matariki!

Collectively we raised over $500 in koha, consumed 17 loafs of bread, 2 kgs of pre cut onions, and approximately 380 sausages! Kai (food) is a great way to bring a community together!

Show Quest

On Friday the 21st of June, 42 Kauri students performed at ShowQuest, at the Town Hall. The students performed a dance that they had conceptualised and choreographed as a group over Terms 1 and 2. The dance explored the positives and negatives of social media: it can disconnect us from our environment, yet connect us with friends and family. The content we see can inspire creativity, but also give us unrealistic expectations for what our lives and bodies should look like. 

The children were a delight to accompany to this event and they delivered an expressive and engaging performance.  The energy backstage was super positive and exciting. The children were so proud of their performance, and rightly so. 

Thank you to whānau who helped at the town hall. 

The performance can be viewed on YouTube and photos can be seen and purchased on the following link.

Community Dental Service - Holiday Clinics July 2024

The Community Dental Service will be closed for the upcoming school holidays:
     Closed from: Monday 8th July 2024
     Reopen: Monday 22nd July 2024

Three of our community dental clinics will be open during the break:

     Hillmorton (80-82 Sylvan Street)
     Aranui        (240 Breezes Road)
     Timaru       (18 Woollcombe Street)

If your child is experiencing any dental pain/discomfort, you can call us on 0800 846 983 and/or email: and one of our clinicians will contact you.

PTA News

With the colder weather well and truly here we are always looking for donations of school sweatshirts and polar fleeces.  If you have been meaning to have a clear out, now is the time!! We particularly need tops in larger sizes. If you are looking to visit the PTA Uniform Shop, the hours are:

Monday 2:45 - 3:15PM
Friday  8:45 - 9.15AM

Thanks in anticipation.

Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto PTA

Community Notices

(Notices placed here are contingent on space and do not reflect the views or opinions of the school.)

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